Putin set to meet Kim for a major role in North Korea

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Moscow: Moscow is eyeing a major role in North Korea with Russian President Vladimir Putin set for his first talks with its leader Kim Jong Un this month.

The situation on the Korean peninsula seemed to be stabilizing after a historic meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump last year.

However, the second round of talks ended in failure and Pyongyang this week said it was testing weapons again.

Now Putin, who has long expressed his readiness to meet with Kim, is gearing up to play a bigger role in nuclear negotiations with Moscow’s Cold War-era ally, with which it shares a short border.

According to global media reports, Russia’s main interest in the summit is to remind other players “that it exists and that it has economic and political potential” in the region.

Kim is looking for all the allies he can get “because (the second round of US talks) were a failure, and he was not able to achieve the things he was counting on.

Reports said Putin has expressed tacit support for Pyongyang, saying last year that “it seems counterproductive if we demand everything from the North Korean side and in response they are given nothing”.

The US has accused Russia that it  provides food aid to North Korea and helping Pyongyang for evading international embargo.

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